Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060756642, 163pp.
Publication Date: October 3, 2006
With characteristic wit, self effacing charm and sheer, exuberant love of a good cat story, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda and his wife Margaret Korda recount their lives as "cat people," beginning with Margaret's passion for cats (and Michael's reluctant mid life transformation into a cat person), and introducing readers to a hilarious assortment of people whose life revolves often to an extraordinary degree around their cat, or cats, from Cleopatra a transatlantic traveler who found happiness in Paris to Wally, the epitome of feline dignity.
Here are people who just can't say no to another cat, who "world travel" with their cat, who build their social life around their cats and of course the cats themselves, for the Kordas celebrate the beguiling power of cats, including many of their own, who have complemented, complicated and changed their lives together over the years. Here are charming, often hilarious and sometimes sad portraits of such cats as Margaret's beloved Irving, whose favorite abode was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and Mumsie, who arrived unexpectedly at the door with her two kittens, and special cats like Jake and the gentle Chutney, as well as "difficult" cats like Chui and poor Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. McT., the bully who found love late in life. Here are graceful cats and cats like Kit Kat that never look before they jump, in short, countless cats the reader will never forget, even those with many cats of their own.
“The Kordas have found the perfect mixture of whimsy and humor.”
-Shawna Seed, Dallas Morning News
“This is a purrrrrrfect read!”
-Kitty Kelly, author of The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Family
“I have savored Cat People. It’s just wonderful. What a treat! It is totally entertaining—amusing, charming, touching, and insightful.”
-Barbara Delinsky, author of Looking for Peyton Place
“Reading Cat People proves how very intelligent you are. Most importantly, you will impress your cat.”
-Rita Mae Brown, author of The Hunt Ball and Cat's Eye Witness